Join the Memphis Roller Derby and On Location: MEMPHIS for a special screening party of DERBY BABY.
Narrated by Whip It star and actress/musician Juliette Lewis, who also appears on-camera, the Derby, Baby! story spans the most turbulent and exciting time for the sport in decades, featuring interviews with promoter Jerry “The Commissioner” Seltzer, whose father Leo Seltzer invented roller derby in the 1930s; and Chuck Morris, President of AEG Live Rocky Mountains and one of the most ardent promoters of modern roller derby. The film looks at the many incarnations of the sport since its invention 77 years ago, and explores the WWF-like legacy and over-played television coverage of the past that threatens the sport’s image even today. Also featured are the new “rock stars” of roller derby, whose charisma and athleticism may be the key to pushing the sport over the “tipping point.” Super-fans, critics, sponsors, prominent sports writers, authors and sociologists weigh in on the phenomenon that is roller derby, and
the sport’s organic - and possibly short-lived - growth as a unique athletic expression of women’s empowerment.
When & Where
On Location: MEMPHIS
On Location: MEMPHIS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission of promoting education, economic development, and cultural diversity through the cinema arts has been the backbone of our organization. Now in its 15th year, the On Location: MEMPHIS International Film & Music Fest (formerly the Memphis International Film Festival) is a competitive four-day event that features a diverse mix of local and global films. Awards are presented in five categories: Live Action Short, Feature, Music Video, Documentary & Animated Short. On Location: MEMPHIS has a reputation for showcasing some of the finest independent films from around the world in one of America’s most vibrant, historic, and creative cities.